Why You Need a Food Chopper

I actually almost feel silly writing this article because it seems like such a no-brainer because honestly, who doesn’t have a Pampered Chef Food Chopper?

This product is easily one of Pampered Chef’s most popular items because it makes quick work of chopping nuts, vegetables, and meat in seconds.  It rotates as it chops for consistent results.  No more tears when chopping onions!

Sometimes when I talk about this product, I will hear that part of it is missing (since it comes apart for cleaning) and the good news is that Pampered Chef offers replacement parts for the Food Chopper as well as almost every other product in it’s line (so be sure to keep that in mind!)

What I like about using this chopper vs an electric chopper or food processor is that I can control the size of what I am chopping. I can make it as coarse or fine as I need for my recipes.  Another reason you’d want something like this is for easier cooking because when your ingredients are roughly the same size, they will cook evenly.

There is one thing the Food Chopper won’t do and that is chop ice.  You’ll need to use your blender or electric food processor for that. 

My favorite feature, though, is the safety for kids.  No exposed blades and we all know how important it is to get kids into the kitchen and involved in meal prep.  It’s also advantageous for anyone with arthritis because it’s easier to handle that holding a knife that might be a challenge to navigate.

Sure there are others available out there but save yourself time and get the real one from Pampered Chef. You won’t be sorry. (Because I have so many tell me they purchased the others only to end up getting the Pampered Chef Food Chopper for it’s durability and quality. Please don’t throw away good money on imitations!)

Now that you know why you need one (or a second one for your camper or vacation home), click here to grab yours:  Shop the Food Chopper

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Chicken Paella (GF/DF)

Paella is a Spanish rice dish that has many tradition recipes as well as some with modern twists.  It is traditionally names for the pan it is made in, with this version made in the 12” Skillet.  I love this Skillet because it is such a wonderful all-purpose pan.

When I first received this skillet I thought I wouldn’t use it much since most of the time I’m cooking for two people but soon fell in love with it.  It’s the perfect size for four hamburgers and grilled cheese and is my go-to pan for all one-pot Skillet meals.

It’s perfect for no-fat, low-fat and fuss-free cooking because foods slide right out.  The titanium-reinforced, 4-layer nonstick coating is PFOA-free and provides even heat conduction.  The best part?  You will have consistent results every single time.  Plus, the 2-step removable handle saves in space in storage, in the oven and dishwasher.  That’s right! It’s dishwasher safe!

Chicken Paella
Serves 6

1 medium onion, chopped
½ large green bell pepper, chopped
¼ pound chorizo
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 garlic cloves, pressed
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
1 pinch saffron
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 cup long grain rice
2 cups chicken stock
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 cup frozen green peas
1 14oz can artichoke hearts

  1. Chop the onion using the Food Chopper.  Chop the green pepper using the Utility Knife.  Set the chopped onion and green pepper aside. 
  2. Heat the 12” Nonstick Skillet over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.  Add the chorizo and cook, breaking apart with the Mix ‘N Chop until finely crumbled.  Remove from the Skillet and set aside. 
  3. Add the oil to the Skillet and brown the chicken, cooking 3-4 minutes on each side.  Remove the chicken from the Skillet and set aside. 
  4. Add the onion, green pepper and garlic pressed with the Garlic Press to the Skillet.  Cook 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the onion is softened.  Add the turmeric, red pepper, paprika, oregano, saffron, salt and pepper.  Stir using the Teak Spoon
  5. Stir in the rice, and stock.  Return the chicken to the Skillet and cover with the Skillet Lid.  Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer, and cook 20 minutes. 
  6. Meanwhile, cut the tomatoes in half using the Tomato Knife.  Stir into the Skillet with the peas, chorizo and artichokes.  Cover and cook 3-4 minutes or until warmed throughout.

Enjoy!

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Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. Colleen Finley is an independent advanced director for Pampered Chef. She earns a commission by linking to products she uses and trusts. If you purchase a product through her website link, your cost will be the same, and Colleen will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps us enrich lives, one meal and one memory at a time!

Everything on this site, recipes and photos belong to the author and any reprints are only by permission of the author.

Why You Need a Donut Hole Pan

Donut Hole Pan

Who can resist a donut hole?  Pampered Chef’s Donut Hole Pan allows you to make two dozen donut holes without a deep fryer.  Donut holes were originally made from the dough taken from the center of the donut (and you know that I love recipes that have little waste!) 

The options are endless with these… serve them as is, with powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar or glazed.  They can be filled with fruit preserves, custard or cream.  You can even use your favorite muffin or sweet bread recipe for little breakfast bites! I can see banana bread bites or blueberry muffin bites happening in my kitchen soon. 

Profiteroles can be easily made in this pan as well!  I’m excited to see the possibilities because not only is it for donut holes but you can make cake pops, bagel bites and meatballs with this pan! 

My next thought for this pan are egg bites…  They are available on almost every menu locally and the combinations for those are truly unlimited! What a great way to get a head start on breakfast too.  These can be easily reheated for days when everyone is on the go, and who isn’t these days?

I can also see using this pan for creative leftovers… croquettes from leftover mashed potatoes, arancini from leftover rice, and mac & cheese balls.  How about corn bread with a little hot dog stuffed in the middle?  You can even use bread dough to make mini slider buns. That will be fun for happy hour or girl’s night!

So now you know that you’ll definitely be using this Donut Hole Pan for more than donut holes, get yours here: Donut Hole Pan

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Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. Colleen Finley is an independent advanced director for Pampered Chef. She earns a commission by linking to products she uses and trusts. If you purchase a product through her website link, your cost will be the same, and Colleen will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps us enrich lives, one meal and one memory at a time!

Everything on this site, recipes and photos belong to the author and any reprints are only by permission of the author.

Strawberry Cheesecake Protein Popsicles (GF/DF)

Two classic flavor combinations: strawberries and cheesecake!  And this time of year we begin seeing an abundance of bright red, succulent strawberries in our markets.  Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and the perfect treat during late-spring/early summer when the days are hot and the evenings are cool.

The fun secret to these quicksicles is the added benefit of protein.  Just one scoop of the Enrichables protein powder adds 2.5 grams of protein making these feel less guilty (IMO)!  Pea protein (made from yellow peas) promotes a sense of fullness making these the great afternoon snack or dessert after dinner.  The protein provides lasting energy and helps maintain muscle function and mobility.  At only 47 calories each, we can also feel pretty good eating these!  

If you don’t have the Deluxe Cooking Blender, you can make these using any high-speed blender or a food processor.  If you’re using a different quicksicle or popsicle maker, follow the manufacturer’s directions to freeze.

This recipe is not super sweet so if you want a sweeter quicksicle you can add more honey or a little vanilla.  You can also swap in whole milk if you’re not making it dairy free.  Blueberries, raspberries and/or blackberries can be substituted for the strawberries in this recipe.  

Strawberry Cheesecake Quicksicles
Makes 3

6 strawberries, hulled, separated
1/4 cup oat milk
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon non-dairy cream cheese (I use this kind)
1 scoop Enrichables Pea Protein

  1. Slice 2 strawberries using the Utility Knife and set aside.  
    In the Deluxe Cooking Blender, combine the remaining strawberries, milk, honey, cream cheese and pea protein.  Blend on the custom blend setting on the #5 speed.  
    Place the slices of strawberries against the walls of each well of the Quicksicle Maker.
  2. Place the handles in the wells, then fill with the milk mixture to the fill line.
  3. Place in the freezer and freeze until set, about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the quicksicles using the key and serve.

Enjoy!

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Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. Colleen Finley is an independent advanced director for Pampered Chef. She earns a commission by linking to products she uses and trusts. If you purchase a product through her website link, your cost will be the same, and Colleen will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps us enrich lives, one meal and one memory at a time!

Everything on this site, recipes and photos belong to the author and any reprints are only by permission of the author.

Why You Need the Cool & Serve Collection

Pampered Chef’s exclusive Cool & Serve collection features an exclusive gel insert (which have handy finger slots for easy removal) keeps veggies, fruit, cheese, deli meat, dip, and other snacks cool for 4–6 hours—even outdoors! You will reach for these again and again for your backyard barbecues, picnics, trips to the beach (or lake if you’re in MI!). We have a strict no-glass policy around our pool because we all know what can go wrong there! The white color contrasts with food making everything served inside a delicious display. Basically, they are necessities for your entertaining.

The Large Cool & Serve is the ultimate entertaining piece. It comes with two reversible white cooling inserts—each has one flat side and one side with 12 wells for deviled eggs. The clear inner trays each have 3 wells with solid walls to keep food from mixing. A clear lid and base snap together, so it’s easy to carry and store. This tray is incredibly versatile—use any combination of divided and cooling inserts depending on your needs! It measures 12×12″, has divided trays that can be used in multiple combinations, the lids nest underneath for serving and all pieces are dishwasher safe. The bottom insert, when inverted, can accommodate 24 deviled eggs.

The 2.5-qt Cool & Serve Bowl is the size for salads, side dishes and desserts. It includes a spill-resistant lid so it’s easy to take to your summer parties. The 1-qt. Cool & Serve Bowl is the right size for dips, 1-2 servings of salads and side dishes.

The fun-sized Small Square Cool & Serve measures 9×9 is just right for smaller servings, lunch on the go, and road trips. It comes with a clear insert divided into two compartments with a 1-cup dip well in the center.

The exclusive gel insert is cased in a slim, sturdy, BPA-free case that we store right in our freezer so they are ready for us when we use these pieces. Need more ideas for using these?

You will create the ultimate Veggie Tray with dip. Grab any of Pampered Chef’s seasoning mixes, some mayonnaise and sour cream and you are good to go! The Large Cool & Serve features two wells for dips, leaving 4 wells for cucumbers, peppers, jicama, celery, carrots, broccoli… you can see where I am going with this! You can stop worrying about your charcuterie board getting warm too.

Next up… deviled eggs! What are the biggest challenges when bringing your famous deviled egg recipe to parties? Messy transportation, sloppy presentation, and fear of spoiling. Once again, Pampered Chef has you covered! As I mentioned, each of the two cooling inserts in the Large Cool & Serve has 12 wells (24 total) to keep deviled eggs neatly in place and chilled for easy transport and display.

One of my favorite uses for it is for a burger and sandwich bar! I get to keep all of the toppings cool, fresh, and in one place. I fill insert with the standards: onion, tomato, pickle, and lettuce and my own special sauce in the dip wells. Did someone say tacos? Yup, you can use it for your taco bar too!

Let’s think beyond the veggie tray… what about a fruit tray with a Margarita Dip or a S’Mores bar stocked with everything you need for the fun? What about an ice cream toppings bar?

And once summer entertaining winds down, you’ll find yourself reaching for these for your tailgating parties. Remove the plastic inserts leaving the cooling bases in place and you can easily transport 16 cupcakes!

Grab your Cool & Serve pieces here: Shop Cool & Serve

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Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. Colleen Finley is an independent advanced director for Pampered Chef. She earns a commission by linking to products she uses and trusts. If you purchase a product through her website link, your cost will be the same, and Colleen will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps us enrich lives, one meal and one memory at a time!

Everything on this site, recipes and photos belong to the author and any reprints are only by permission of the author.

Grilled Sausages with Artichoke Topping (GF/DF)

True confession: each season I get a set of the new products Pampered Chef that will debut in the upcoming catalog release. This is a perk of being a consultant! Sometimes when I get a product, I open it immediately and use it right away. Other times, the product(s) will get put away and I feel guilt when I think I should be using them. Sometimes it just takes me a while to fall in love. The Indoor/Outdoor Portable Grill was one of those times when I received it and just didn’t embrace it right away.

I often thought that this grill would have been the perfect companion for me when I live in my apartment! But now that I am in a beautiful home, Bill does the cooking on his charcoal grill (he refuses to use a gas grill but that’s another story for another day) and when I was growing up, my dad did most of the grilling so it wasn’t anything I had any experience with.  

When a customer purchases a product and I find out they haven’t been using it as much as they thought they would, I always suggest pulling it out and leaving it out so it would remind them to use and it will be readily available.  Then once it’s in the cooking rotation, then it can be stored away.  So that’s exactly what I did with the grill! It’s set up on a table on our deck right outside my kitchen and ready to go when I am.

A neat feature of the grill is that it can be used as an electric grill or can be used with charcoal!  Isn’t that fun and cool?  And it’s super easy to clean and there is no prep when using the electric feature other than preheating which takes less than 5 minutes.

Of course going through my PC recipes, I have several for the grill and dreamed of making them at some point… you know what I mean… those “some day” recipes we all have stashed away… Well, these grilled sausages will make your grill sizzle with the zesty topping that is unexpected and a tasty surprise.  Serve it up with baked beans or potato salad (or both) and you have the perfect evening meal.

Grilled Sausages with Zesty Topping
Makes 6 servings
Adapted from: Pampered Chef

1 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup water
10-12 Italian sausages (about 3 pounds)
1 12oz jar artichoke salad (I use this one)
1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 4 wedges
1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered

  1. Heat the Indoor/Outdoor Portable Grill for cooking at medium temperature. Combine wine, stock and water in the 12” Skillet. Prick sausages several times. Place sausages in the wine mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until sausages are no longer pink. Remove sausages from liquid and discard the liquid.
  2. Meanwhile, drain the artichoke salad using the Easy Read Measuring Colander, then chop the artichoke salad in the Manual Food Processor until coarsely chopped.  Quarter the tomatoes using the Tomato Knife and dice the bell pepper using the Quick Slice.
  3. Place the Grill Mat on the grill and add the artichoke topping.  Grill, covered, for 5 minutes.  Remove from the grill and keep warm.
  4. Add the sausages to the grill and grill, covered, 4-6 minutes or until sausages are evenly browned, turning occasionally with the BBQ Tongs. Remove sausages from the grill.
  5. To serve, place the sausages on serving plates and top with the artichoke topping. 

Enjoy!

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Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. Colleen Finley is an independent advanced director for Pampered Chef. She earns a commission by linking to products she uses and trusts. If you purchase a product through her website link, your cost will be the same, and Colleen will automatically receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated and helps us enrich lives, one meal and one memory at a time!

Everything on this site, recipes and photos belong to the author and any reprints are only by permission of the author.